THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER: NEW ORLEANS STYLE

Okay, so I am a traveling chick at heart, and I am reminiscing about a past trip. Being a global traveler, I decided to take one of my typical Girls Trip to New Orleans, which was in 2015. However, it was my first time exploring this fantastic city, and I must admit that I had a super great time! Moreover, whether I am traveling with my girls, business purposes, or whatever the case may be, I am going to take a ton of pictures. As a designer, I understand and acknowledge that inspiration is available to me wherever I go. I not only pay attention to the beauty that usually surrounds me, but I pay attention to the not so beautiful objects because sometimes beauty can be found there as well. Also, I make sure that I capture what I cannot physically touch, such as the fantastic sky!

New Orleans, which is a Louisiana city, is known for its energetic nightlife, live-music scene, out of this world cuisine, which is from a history dealing with a variety of cultures such as French, African, and American. Oh, and I can't leave out The Mardi Gras, street parties, along with costumed parades, and OMG, the list can go on for miles. I enjoyed the bold and colorful architecture, eye-catching courtyards, and lighting galleries, along with the unlimited intricate details that come with every inch of this extraordinary and captivating place. With that said, I am so happy because I was able to capture some fantastic pictures, and even when I look back at them now, I relive my trip all over again.

New Orleans architecture can range from Creole Cottages (1790-1850), American (1820-1850) and Creole Townhouses (1788-mid-1800s), Raised Center-Hall Cottages (1803-1870), Shotgun Houses (1850-1910), Double-Gallery Houses (1820-1850), and more. I was so flabbergasted with the American and Creole Townhouses.

Amazing lighting gallery.

Courtyards are everywhere in New Orleans.

Yes, I was relaxing and admiring the view on-board the Natchez.

I had a blast on Bourbon Street, but what happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans.

I will never be able to say enough about 'The Crescent City' or 'The Big Easy' known as New Orleans. Oh, and by the way, I will be there again in July for The Essence Festival 2019, which is around the corner. I am incredibly excited knowing that I will be back in this unforgettable city yet again!

IMAGES: Photos taken by Kimberly C. Lyons and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

As a designer, much of my inspiration comes from a variety of different aspects of my life. One of those aspects is my passion for traveling, which I prefer to do internationally, but when I am not out of the country, I make sure that I enjoy my travels wherever I visit. With that said, several months ago, I decided to take a trip that would not only become an inspiration but a conscious experience as well. This trip is known as MLK50. It reenacts every intricate detail of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also, it reveals the challenging history, triumphs, as well as the sinful hatred that lead to his fatal death.

I was beyond inspired that I had an opportunity to learn what transpired throughout his life, but I felt hurt, relieved, pissed, shocked, disturbed, and a million and one other emotions all at the same time. Even though there was so much information that I had to absorb, it was well worth every moment of my time in Memphis, TN because finally, the different pieces of his life are now in order.

However, unraveling the truth, years of covered lies and hidden mysteries, along with seeing the actual evidence displayed in a museum, this revealed a solidified fact that the world has some very evil individuals. I am not shocked, but it is a shame and sad that some people in the world are hiding behind a giant facade that continues to circle the globe with such distributing and unjustly hatred. Moreover, with my eagerness to learn and discover accurate knowledge, I managed to put my feeling aside and dive deep into learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Furthermore, during my visit, I toured the Stax Museum, which was crazy amazing to see the life story of people such as Ike and Tina, Isaac Hayes, and many more. I toured The National Civil Rights Museum, did what is called The Heritage Tour, and visited the Lorraine Motel (location of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr). From the day he was born (January 15, 1929, Atlanta, GA until his death: April 4, 1968, St. Joseph's Hospital, Memphis), the questions that I had pondered for years were answered. Even though the tragedy behind his life became a reality to me during my trip, I finally could remove the question mark from a Historical Chapter in History.

Below: Photos from MLK50.

P-1: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his last sermon at the Mason Temple, the World Headquarters of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He gave his fantastic speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," and I had the privilege to sit, breathe, and smile within a Historical Atmosphere.

P-2: Lorraine Motel where the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place, which was on April 4, 1968.

P-3 and 4: Stax Museum where memorabilia feature superstars such as IKE & TINA and Isaac Hayes.

After taking in an enormous amount of history during my stay in Memphis, TN, my last day was slowly approaching. So, the evening was spent on Beale Street taking in the sites, massive crowds, and to savor my final meal, which was at Blues City Cafe – OMG, the food was beyond fantastic!

IMAGES: Photos taken by Kimberly C. Lyons and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

MY LONG HIATUS: TRANSCENDING IN SOUTH AFRICA


Finally, here is a rundown on what has transpired in my life and why I decided to take a long hiatus. As the principal interior designer and the founder of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC, I needed a moment to breathe and regroup. During this time, I did a thorough transformation while prioritizing my life and business. I had to re-evaluate and make responsible decisions that would require significant changes. Who I am as an interior designer did not change because I already knew without a shadow of a doubt that I am doing what I was meant to do, which is to be an over-the-top and crazy interior designer, but to own an interior design studio as well.

However, the challenge came more on how I was going to branch out as an interior designer, add different layers to my company's brand, and elevate both without SCREAMING and throwing TEMPER TANTRUMS at the same time! First, I brainstormed and jotted down every single thought that was running through my brain, which included anything prolonged or unfinished, business strategies and goals, personal achievements, and personal goals, along with other factors.

Next, I created defined lists, sorting through the positives and negatives, the most important to the least important, and so forth. In doing this, I was able to sift through and alleviate individual stumbling blocks that were not beneficial in both my personal and business life. Also, I added elements that would enhance both levels. Then I was able to incorporate the necessary assets that had been missing for a while in each area, which was making the transitioning easier. Finally, during the midst of it all, I did some extensive traveling. OMG, I hopped on a plane and went to the Motherland. I went all the way across the world, and Africa greeted me with open arms.

This backless chaise lounge is a beauty. It's sleek and glamorous. I not only had to sit on this sexy piece of furniture, but I had to get a picture as well. Oh, excuse me, I meant – I had to get a picture with every piece of furniture that I came across. I am so moving to South Africa!

While eating in a stylish restaurant, I had to get a photo of this decorative ceiling. The camera did not precisely reveal the real beauty as in person, but regardless, it was beyond amazing!

It was gloomy outside on this day. However, nothing could mess up my stay at the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites located in Nelson Mandela Square.

Yes, pamper me please, and this is especially true when it deals with a dose of chocolate, along with a cozy robe.

The classic combination of black and white made a powerful statement throughout Nelson Mandela's Hotel. Each piece was the perfect complement to the other.

Here is another great combination of decorative objects featuring black and white.

This chandelier is fabulous, stylish, and a definite statement piece.

This entrance leads into the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites in Nelson Mandela Square. I would have been happy if I could have taken the gorgeous chandelier with me :(

So, while I was stuffing my face yet again, I looked up, and another fantastic decorative ceiling. I had to get a photo of this immense beauty.

Yikes, is this the end? I was starting to enjoy my trip all over again!

Africa was right for me, an eye-opener, and it was beyond amazing! I will never be able to express or describe my exact experience while in such a beautiful country. However, I can try because at times it was breath-taking, compelling, transcending, tranquil, serene, I felt privileged, honored, loved, along with a million and one other feelings, situations, and occurrences. It was a definite life-changer. After arriving back home in South Carolina, my transformation was complete.

Now, I see my life as an intricate puzzle with each bold piece firmly in place. Moreover, with that said, it is time for me to get back to expressing how I am overly obsessed with designing. Oh, and by the way, even though I have included just a snippet of inspiration through the eyes of an interior designer while vacationing in South Africa, there will be more to come on my extensive travels around the globe in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I will end by saying, now that I am back to blogging, here goes to the start of something extraordinarily and beyond amazing!

IMAGES: Photos taken by Kimberly C. Lyons and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.